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Volunteers work to get damaged church ready for Christmas

December 24, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dozens of volunteers gathered Christmas Eve with hammers and two-by-fours to repair a Portland, Oregon, church that authorities say was extensively damaged when a man intentionally drove through the doors.

The workers wanted to get Our Lady of Lavang ready for holiday services

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Portland police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley says a 35-year-old man intentionally rammed his Acura MDX through the church early Monday.

Police say officers responded around 12:15 a.m. and found extensive damage to the outside and interior.

Burley says the man later called 911 to report he was the person responsible for plowing the car into the building.

Burley says he did not immediately know the suspect’s motive. Officers arrested the man without incident.

Records show the man was booked into the Multnomah County jail on suspicion of first-degree criminal mischief.

Burley says an investigation into the incident is underway.

The northeast Portland church draws Vietnamese Catholics from across the Portland area each week.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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